Congratulations on adding a new member to your family! Raising a baby will be an exciting and challenging task for you, but worth all the hardship. In the early years your baby will be spending almost all of its time at home and since he’ll learn to crawl quicker than you can believe, you’ll have to make big lifestyle changes to accommodate the baby’s needs. This can be a big subject but here are some essentials to get you started.
Safety ought to be the primary concern for parents with newborns. To start with, you need to examine and list any factors in the home environment that can harm the child. Take a look at any items and furniture which the child can reach or climb onto like low chairs and tables. Follow that by removing or blunting any sharp or heavy objects he may come into contact with. Think of table corners, bookcases, knives, forks, flower vases and the like. Anything that the baby can put in its mouth on its hands is also a potential danger. Make sure your kitchen cleaners, dishrags medicines are out of reach. Don’t leave small items like batteries, pen drives or coins for the baby to potentially swallow.
Another safety concern is in the area of electrical equipment and circuitry. Make certain that any electric socket is out of reach of the child’s hand; either remove them altogether or enclose them in a safety case. Keep live wires and electrical appliances away from the baby.
Keep yourself, your home and your baby clean
The baby will spend most of its time crawling on floors and touching anything that makes it curious so clean your house regularly. Another way to look at this issue is to recognize the places in your house which become unavoidably germ-filled during the course of the day like toilets, kitchen sinks, rags, mops, shoe racks, laundry bins, etc. Clean them regularly and wash your hands after using these items. Make a habit of washing your hands anytime you come into contact with the baby. This goes for the baby as well; you’ll be spending a lot of time making sure the baby washed and clean.
Don’t neglect the fun part
A toddler is an explorer filled with endless curiosity and a need to play with the world around it. Indulge and nourish your child’s playfulness by designing a separate safe area filled with curious objects, games and activities for his enjoyment. This doesn’t just mean fence him or her off, however. Find ways to get other children—not to mention yourself—to join the fun. There are endless arrays of products, games and services available to help you with this issue.
Seek advice from other experienced parents
For a new and inexperienced couple–especially one living alone–caring for a newborn very quickly becomes overwhelming and unmanageable. In the old days, when most people lived in large families, it was customary for the grandparents and other elders of the house to take turns caring for the children. They also offered feedback and invaluable advice rooted in their local traditions and personal experience. Try to simulate this experience in any way you can. Ask people who have your trust for help in these matters. Seek out parents who you know have raised wonderful children to guide you. Most will jump to help you in the blink of an eye.
Hopefully, this guide has provided enough basic ideas and key information for you to explore and implement. Each household will prepare their baby oriented home in their own unique manner, in accordance with their circumstances, available resources and other factors. Go forth on this adventure with courage and joy and don’t be too hard on yourself—we all learn by making mistakes.